Friday, November 06, 2015

Booknote: Batman: Arkham Knight, Volume 1

Peter Tomasi, Batman: Arkham Knight, Volume 1. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, 2015. ISBN: 9781401258047. 

Genre: comics and graphic novels
Subgenre: superheroes, video games
Format: e-book galley
Source: NetGalley

The volume collects issues 1-6 of the Arkham Knight comic. This comic is one of those published for a video game as prequel to the game. Compared to previous video game comics I have read, such as the Injustice series (Volume 1 and Volume 2), this was a bit better in terms of story.

After the events of Akrham City, where the city administrators basically turned a big chunk of Gotham City into a prison (think Escape from New York) with Batman to deal with the villains, Bruce Wayne launches a campaign to revitalize the city. Meanwhile, the Joker is dead, but his legacy lives on. Harley Quinn has plans to continue Joker's work. The Penguin is trying to consolidate power, and there is a new vigilante who looks a lot like Batman but is very lethal unlike Batman.

My issue with the comic was mainly the art. The cover art is great, and I am sure it would also make a great poster. The art inside not so much. I can best describe it as a bit of a sketchy style, not terribly deep. It kind of brought down expectations compared to other Batman titles. Now, the story itself, while the premise is a bit ridiculous (then again, this is for a video game, so you need something to get the game going), is pretty good. There is a lot going on, but it is just enough that readers can still follow along. It offers a good blend of action and suspense, and the cliffhanger sets things up for the next story.

Fans of the video game series will probably want this volume. For Batman fans, it was better in terms of story compared to previous volumes. It was an entertaining read, and despite the premise, I ended up liking it. I'd consider it an optional purchase for libraries. If you have fans of the video game among your patrons, you probably want to get it. Otherwise, I'd wait and see if there is patron demand before ordering it.

3 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

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